Tennessee is in top two for T.J. Leifheit

One North Carolina lineman expected things to be nice at the University of Tennessee; he didn't expect to be blown away by his trip. Wilmington North Carolina's T.J. Leifheit admitted Monday evening that his official visit to Rocky Top was one to remember. The visit was so great that the Vols are now one of the offensive lineman's top two schools. Go "Inside" for the latest.

One North Carolina lineman expected things to be nice at the University of Tennessee; he didn't expect to be blown away by his trip.

Wilmington North Carolina's T.J. Leifheit admitted Monday evening that his official visit to Rocky Top was one to remember.

"It was an outstanding visit," Leifheit told InsideTennessee.com Monday night. "There wasn't one thing about my visit I didn't like. I had an amazing time there."

It appears that the visit was enough to move the Volunteers up on the four star offensive tackles list of favorites.

"I would have to say they are definitely one of my top schools, they definitely in my top two," Leifheit said. "I heard it was great there, but I really didn't expect it to be that good."

One thing that really stood out to Leifheit is the love of football the Tennessee fan base possesses.

"The game day atmosphere is incredible," Leifheit said. "To see over 100,000 fans hanging on every play of the game was amazing."

Over the last few months Leifheit has developed a pretty strong relationship with the Volunteer coaching staff.

"I talk to Coach David Reaves and Coach James Cregg every week," Leifheit said. "I talk to Coach Lane Kiffin a lot also. I love talking to all of those guys. I got the chance to visit with them a little before the game. I got to have dinner with them after the game and spent most of the day visiting with the staff on Sunday. I love all those coaches a lot."

According to Leifheit the admiration is mutual between the Vol coaching staff.

"They are telling me that I could come in January and start as a true freshman," Leifheit said. "That's a big selling point for them I like a lot. I know they have a big need for linemen to come in and make a quick impact."

Leifheit is already on schedule to graduate in December.

"I like the direction that the coaching staff has the program headed in," Leifheit said. "Getting the opportunity to play early is important to me. This coaching staff has proven this season they will play the best player regardless of their age."

Leifheit hopes to have a decision made before the end of October. He has a visit set up at North Carolina on October 10 and is looking to schedule visits to Southern California, Florida State and LSU. Those five schools make up his top five.

"I knew it was going to be great," Leifheit said. "I didn't expect to be blown away by the visit."


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